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    My heart just goes out to the families of all those lost. How awful, ......... I'm totally at a loss for words. May they ALL rest in peace.
    To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world.

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    Unhappy Novato crews go home

    Novato welcomes home firefighter crews

    (Novato-AP) -- Two firefighting crews have returned to Novato
    after losing one of their colleagues in the Southern California
    wildfires.
    Eleven-year veteran Steven Rucker died yesterday when he and
    three members of his crew were overwhelmed by flames.
    A captain who was injured in the fire remains in critical
    condition in a San Diego hospital. The two others have been
    released and are returning to Novato.
    About 30 colleagues and family members outside the Novato fire
    station cheered when the seven firefighters pulled in under escort
    by the California Highway Patrol. The cheers were followed by many
    hugs and tears.
    Firefighters and residents from neighboring communities have
    been leaving flowers and sympathy cards at the Novato fire station
    as its members grieve for their fallen colleague.
    A firefighter described Rucker as a man who put his heart into
    everything he did.

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    Post October 30th Status update

    Major Southern California wildfires Thursday:
    TOTALS:
    Size: 728,816.
    Homes: 2,612 destroyed.
    Deaths: 20.
    Personnel: 12,772 on major fires.
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    CEDAR FIRE: (San Diego County)
    Size: 272,318 acres.
    Homes: 1,483 homes destroyed, including 40 in Poway, 349 in the
    city of San Diego, and 1,027 in unincorporated county areas. 15
    homes damaged, 316 outbuildings destroyed and 10 damaged. Several
    historic landmarks in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park destroyed.
    Deaths: 14, including one firefighter. 25 injuries.
    Containment: 38 percent. Full containment expected Nov. 5.
    Start: Oct. 25 in eastern San Diego County.
    Key facts: Burned 33,000 acres inside San Diego city limits, and
    100 percent of those acres have been contained.
    Personnel: 3,662 firefighters.
    Cause: Authorities believe a hunter set signal fire when he got
    lost.
    Estimated cost: $5.6 million.
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    PARADISE FIRE: (San Diego County)
    Size: 56,000 acres.
    Homes: 117 homes destroyed, 116 outbuildings destroyed. 8 homes
    damaged.
    Deaths: Two. 11 injuries.
    Containment: 25 percent. Full containment expected Nov. 1 and
    full control on Nov. 5.
    Start: Oct. 26 in Valley Center area near Interstate 15.
    Key facts: Mandatory evacuations remained in effect for Mount
    Palomar, a community of 10,000 residents.
    Personnel: 1,336 firefighters.
    Cause: Under investigation.
    Estimated cost: $2.3 million.
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    GRAND PRIX FIRE: (San Bernardino County)
    Size: 91,207 acres.
    Homes: 50 homes destroyed, 60 damaged.
    Deaths: None. 27 injuries.
    Containment: 40 percent. Containment expected Oct. 31.
    Start: Oct. 21 near San Bernardino National Forest.
    Key facts: 3,000 homes and 100 commercial properties threatened.
    Mandatory evacuation remained in effect for Mount Baldy, Oak Hills,
    Silverwood Lake, Summit Valley and Devore Heights. Evacuation
    lifted for such foothill communities as Lytle Creek, Devore and
    Muscoy.
    Personnel: 1,808 firefighters.
    Cause: Arson.
    Estimated cost: $13 million.
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    OLD FIRE: (San Bernardino County)
    Size: 49,880 acres.
    Homes: 850 homes destroyed, including about 300 in the Lake
    Arrowhead area, 10 commercial buildings destroyed. 35 homes
    damaged.
    Deaths: Four. 3 minor injuries to firefighters.
    Containment: 10 percent.
    Start: Oct. 25 near San Bernardino National Forest.
    Key facts: Threats to 50,000 homes, 2,000 businesses and 80,000
    outbuildings worth $10 billion in property value.
    Personnel: 2,452 firefighters.
    Cause: Arson.
    Estimated cost: $3.9 million
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    PADUA FIRE: (Los Angeles County)
    Size: 10,466 acres.
    Homes: 59 homes destroyed in Claremont.
    Deaths: None.
    Containment: 90 percent. Full containment expected Oct. 31.
    Start: Flames entered L.A. County on Oct. 26 from Grand Prix
    fire.
    Key facts: Originally part of Grand Prix fire, but separated at
    county line. Mandatory evacuations of about 50 homes in the Mt.
    Baldy Village area remained in effect Thursday.
    Personnel: 455 firefighters.
    Cause: Arson related to Grand Prix fire.
    Estimated cost: $600,000.
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    SIMI VALLEY: (Ventura and Los Angeles counties)
    Size: 106,950 acres.
    Homes: 28 destroyed. 145 outbuildings destroyed. Seven homes
    damaged.
    Deaths: None. 9 injuries.
    Containment: 40 percent. Full containment expected Nov. 4.
    Start: Flames entered Simi Valley on Oct. 25 from the Verdale
    fire.
    Key facts: Homes in Santa Clarita, Stevenson Ranch and Porter
    Ranch communities threatened Thursday morning.
    Personnel: 1,575 firefighters.
    Cause: Under investigation.
    Estimated cost: $4.8 million
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    PIRU FIRE: (Ventura County)
    Size: 68,022 acres.
    Homes: Three homes, four outbuildings, and one commercial
    property destroyed.
    Deaths: None. 21 minor injuries to firefighters.
    Containment: 30 percent.
    Start: Oct. 23 west of Lake Piru in Ventura County.
    Key facts: The fire in Los Padres National Forest was burning
    heavy brush in Sespe Wilderness and the Sespe Condor sanctuary.
    There were no condors in the refuge. Also, the fire is threatening
    oil fields and gas lines.
    Personnel: 1,484 firefighters.
    Cause: Under investigation.
    Estimated cost: $6.5 million
    ---
    CONTAINED:
    MOUNTAIN FIRE: (Riverside County)
    Size: 9,742 acres.
    Homes: 21 destroyed, including three houses and 18 trailers and
    mobile units used as residences.
    Deaths: None.
    Burned: Oct. 26 to Oct. 29.
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    OTAY (DULZURA) FIRE: (San Diego County)
    Size: 46,291 acres.
    Homes: 1 home, 5 outbuildings, and 11 structures damaged.
    Deaths: None.
    Burned: Oct. 26 to Oct. 28.
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    CAMP PENDLETON: (San Diego County, also called Roblar No. 2)
    Size: 9,000 acres.
    Homes: None.
    Deaths: None.
    Burned: Oct. 21 to Oct. 27.
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    VERDALE FIRE: (Los Angeles County)
    Size: 8,680 acres.
    Homes: None.
    Deaths: None.
    Burned: Oct. 24 to Oct. 27.
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    WELLMAN FIRE: (Riverside County)
    Size: 100 acres.
    Homes: None.
    Deaths: None.
    Burned: Oct. 26 to Oct. 27.
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    HAPPY FIRE: (Santa Barbara County)
    Size: 160 acres.
    Homes: None.
    Deaths: None.
    Burned: Oct. 24 to Oct. 27.
    ---
    Source: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
    and fire and law enforcement officials.

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